About Chaplaincy for the Homeless

Our Mission

To bring hope to the homeless by sharing the word of God. We will do this by helping our homeless brethren leave the streets and return to productive lives by sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ. We will do this by providing a Christian Ministry of Presence, Of Advocacy, of Service and of Word and Sacrament.

Our Values

  • Every person is made in the Image of God and deserves respect as an image bearer
  • Every person is sought out and worthy of God’s love and compassion
  • Every person is created for a divine purpose and should be supported in the discovery and fulfillment of this purpose
  • Christian belief is discovered, nurtured and expressed in a community of faith

The Vision

The Chaplaincy will grow to be recognized as the leading Christian Ministry dedicated to bringing the transforming love and hope of Jesus Christ to the homeless by offering them spiritual guidance and support through the efforts of an increasing number of dedicated Chaplains and volunteers along with an expanding group of supporting churches and other social service organizations.

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Chaplain For The Homeless

Meet Our Executive Chaplain

Darwin is a proud native of the state of Lincoln, Illinois. His family taught him the virtues of putting God first, loving Freedom and serving his fellow citizens. After high school, Darwin attended Southwestern Christian College and Freed-Hardeman University, majoring in biblical studies and ministry. He has served churches and missions in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and now in Arizona.

Darwin took his call to ministry and joined the US Navy in 1981 where he served as a ship chaplain providing worship services.

A small business owner, Darwin operates Green Technology Specialists.

Currently, Darwin creates a daily morning devotional called, “The Morning Touch” on You
Tube.  Click  HERE to see it on this site or click HERE to visit his YouTube channel.

Darwin serves God with his wife, Yolanda Beavers-Campbell who are the proud parents of two
adult children.

Meet Our Staff

john-humphriesAssistant Chaplain for the Human Service Campus and Outreach.

John protected our community for 35 years as a Phoenix Police Officer. For the past 12 years he has been providing ministry at the Dream Center, Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Maricopa County Jail. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University and at various Maricopa Community Colleges.

John has been leading a Bible study for the past 8 months.

He is married to Chris and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

David YanezAssistant Chaplain for Outreach

A native of Los Angeles, California. David brings a wide range of ministry experience those he meets on the street. Educationally, David has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, a Master’s degree of Divinity in Pastoral Theology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in theology with a focus on family ministries. He also bring a vast experience in ministry as a pastor in California and Arizona (14 years), as a chaplain in the US Air Force, both in reserve and active duty, retiring after 28 years with rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and most recently as a hospice and hospital chaplain (over 15 years) He is a Board-certified Chaplain. David grew up in the oldest Spanish-speaking Baptist Church in Los Angeles and was ordained in the American Baptist Churches of the USA in November 1980. David shares his life with his wife of 47 years, Dilcia. David and Dilcia have three children and three grandchildren.

Carol CritcherChaplain for Veteran Affairs

Stan was born in central Illinois, grew up in Indiana. He entered the US Navy and served 6 years in naval aviation during the Viet Nam conflict. He became a Christian while stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base and undergoing medical treatment at Great Lakes Hospital. He made the decision to serve Jesus as a gospel preacher and subsequently entered The Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock Texas. As a result of residual effects from surgery, he left preaching school but continued to study both privately and eventually a formal basis.

Stan has served congregations in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and Illinois. In 1985 Stan became the Church of Christ representative and evangelist at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He conducted religious services for the recruits an served as well as counseling recruits with spiritual matter. He served in this capacity until 2015 when the US decided to fill the position with a military chaplain.

As a pastor he has lead worship services, preached, taught Bible classes, and helped congregations establish ministries of compassion for their surrounding neighborhoods. Stan also had a TV program (Preaching the Gospel). In additional to his duties as a pastor he has been a jail chaplain and a hospital chaplain

Office Manager

Darla, her husband, daughter and son moved to Chandler 16 Years ago from Salem, Oregon. She holds a BA in Business Administration From Ottawa University. She is highly involved with community outreach with various ministries and has specifically worked with the homeless communities in both Arizona and Oregon for the past 25 years.

Prior to working for the Chaplaincy for the Homeless, Darla was the Director of Administration of a large Phoenix church for 7 years and also owns her own business providing strategic consulting to non-profit organizations. Darla considers herself a “barefoot disciple of Jesus” and just wants to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In her spare time, she teaches the US Constitution, Genealogy, loves all History, spending time with family and friends and having authentic conversations.

Our History

rev. gerald roseberryThe Rev. Gerald Roseberry, a minister for 30 years and Pastor of Camelback Presbyterian Church for 13 years until it merged with another congregation, spent the month of November in 1987, living among the Homeless in Phoenix and Tucson. Rev. Roseberry, an activist, did so to publicize the plight of the homeless. Surprisingly he was readily accepted by the homeless as one of them, and spent his nights on the street or in homeless shelters.

read more about our roots and where we are today!

Board of Directors

DOUG SEIDE
Chairman

Doug recommitted his life to follow Jesus in 1992 and has been growing as a Christian ever since. Growing up in Minnesota he graduated from St. Cloud State University, with a BA degree in Psychology & General Business.

Honeywell’s Building Services Division offer him a position to go to the southwestern United States and work in contract sales in Irvine, California. Five years later he was promoted to Arizona Sales Manager where he had much success in growing the business. Enjoying the Arizona weather, and not wanting to be relocated by his employer, he started one of his two property and casualty insurance agencies which he owned and managed for 32 years, withstanding great growth and recessions until he sold the business January 1, 2020.

In 1995 — 2002 Doug was active in the Christian Men’s Network headed by the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole. From 2004 to 2010 he was a volunteer at the House of Refuge, in Sunnyslope AZ where he was a cook, mentor, and leading a Bible study. Being a member of Scottsdale Bible Church, he became a Men’s Ministry leader and then earned his Chaplain certificate in 2015 with emphasis in teaching the elderly and the homeless.

Doug is married to Joyce and has two sons James & Ryan and two grandchildren Faith and Harley.

JohnThurstonJOHN THURSTON
Born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in many states during two wars following a military father, John ended up graduating from Plainfield High School in New Jersey. Completing a machinist apprentice program with Johns Manville he went on to graduate from Ohio University with a BS in Commerce.

After serving three years in the Army he then spent 42 years with Caterpillar in Manufacturing Management positions and later Human Resource/Labor Relations management. He also remained active in the US Army Reserve for 29 years.

Retiring in 2005 he and Mary Kay moved to Carefree, AZ where he enjoyed retirement until 2015 when he joined the Board of Directors of Homeless ID Project, Inc. in November. He was Vice President of the Board from January 2016 until January 2018. He has been a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, a former director of Department of Family Counselling and Service in Illinois, a Vice President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a proud member of SPEBSQSA for 17 years. He led the reincorporation of the Chaplaincy for the Homeless in January 2018.

Allan WatsonALLAN L. WATSON
Vice President

Allan has owned his own small business, had a 13-year career in corporate America with Sales, Marketing and Management experience at the regional and national levels for two international companies, and has been an Investment Advisor Representative/Financial Advisor since 2007.  He holds both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Western Illinois University.

He has over 90 total years of experience in not-for-profit leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Some of these positions include serving one term as Deacon, one term as Trustee and three terms as Elder in the Presbyterian Church with chairmanships of Finance, Endowments, Memorials, Stewardship, and the Mission Study.  He was elected twice as Emmet Township (IL) Trustee and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1967 to 1973.

eddie smithEDDIE SMITH
Secretary

Eddie is a retired business executive and consultant.  His primary career focus was in human resources management where he served as VP, Human Resources for Robbins and Myers, an international industrial goods manufacturer, and as Senior Partner, Hewitt Associates, an international human resources consulting firm.

Over the years he has been active in several non profit/charitable activities holding officer level positions on several hospital boards and United Way, President of the Chaplaincy for the Homeless, and VP, Foothills Community Foundation.

Following his retirement, Eddie graduated from ASU Law School and provides free legal advice to elderly residents of Maricopa County through the Arizona Senior Citizens Legal Project as well as serving on one of the AZ Supreme Court’s Foster Care Review Boards.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1958 to 1966 and has been a member of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church where he is an elder and past president of the corporation.

Lynn OatesLYNN F. OATES
Treasurer

Mr. Oates, a certified public accountant, has over forty years’ experience in the beverage, distribution, natural resources and public accounting businesses. He spent 11 years as the CFO or Treasurer of an independent Coca-Cola Bottling Company and 7 years as the CFO of a subsidiary of Airgas, Inc.  For the past three years he has been a tax accountant with a local CPA firm.

Following service in the US Navy, Mr. Oates began his career with Arthur Anderson & Company as an auditor. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Tom TischerTHOMAS “TISH” TISCHER
Member at Large

Tish, as he is known by all, has been active in charities for 50 years in California, Arizona and internationally.

Tish loves working with the homeless and the disfigured. While in Marketing and Sales in the Medical Industry, Tish assisted with Cleft Lip surgery in developing countries. He worked with Dr. Paul Tessier on reconstructive surgeries for severe head and neck deformities throughout the U.S. Children’s Hospitals.

Tish has been the member of the boards of several charities and for-profit companies. Tish shares his life with two children and four grandchildren and resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

Roberto ChavezROBERTO CHAVEZ
Member at Large

Born in Vallejo, California in 1972 and raised in the Bay Area until his early 20’s, Roberto then moved to Arizona in 1999 and that’s when he started his walk with the Lord.

Roberto has a beautiful wife and 3 children: a 16-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.  He has attended the North Hills Church of God for almost 15 years.

Roberto is the owner of a small pest control company, works full time as a home inspector and has his real estate license and general contractor license.

“I love Jesus with my whole heart.”

Betsy SwensonBETSY SWENSON
Member at Large

Betsy grew up in Madison Wisconsin and graduated from The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She has training from The Red Cross Mental Health team and was involved in administering care to those impacted by 9/11.

Betsy and her husband Gary enjoy being of service at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church and she is excited to see how God can use her through The Chaplaincy for the Homeless.

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